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SALC IN THE NEWS: ZUMA CONTINUES TO SIT ON ARMY GENERAL’S REPORT ON VIOLENCE

analysis In 2008 former South African President Thabo Mbeki commissioned a fact finding mission into state sponsored violence that took place in the run up to Zimbabwe’s one man presidential run-off. Mbeki, as mediator, sent six retired South African army generals on two fact-finding missions to investigate the cause of…
Staff Writer
25 Mar 2010
MalawiNewsSOGIE Rights

MALAWI: DATE SET IN TRIAL OF MALAWI GAY COUPLE

When 26-year-old Steven Monjeza and 20-year-old Tiwonge Chimbalanga celebrated an engagement ceremony in the African nation Malawi, it was symbolic of their love. But the legal ramifications that followed have been too severe, say critics of the way that the men were arrested under the country’s decency laws and kept…
Staff Writer
23 Mar 2010
MalawiNewsSOGIE Rights

MALAWI: MALAWI LAUNCHES HUNT FOR GAYS

Blantyre – Police in Malawi said on Sunday they were hunting down key figures in the country’s gay community after discovering "pornographic films" at the office of a rights group.   "We are targeting some prominent personalities and our suspects include legislators, priests, academics and other professionals," police spokesperson Davie…
Staff Writer
28 Feb 2010
MalawiNewsSOGIE Rights

MALAWI: MALAWI’S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ON TUESDAY REFUSED TO HEAR THE CASE OF A GAY COUPLE ARRESTED FOR BLANTYRE, MALAWI

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested in late December and have been tried in a magistrate’s court in this conservative Southern African country where homosexuality is illegal. Their lawyer Mauya Msuku in January appealed to the Constitutional Court, arguing that the law used against them violated their constitutional rights…
Staff Writer
24 Feb 2010
MalawiNewsSOGIE Rights

MALAWI: MALAWIANS DEBATE LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE

Rights campaigners say current laws against gays are a violation of human rightsIn late December, two gay men held an engagement ceremony – and were promptly arrested. The event prompted a public debate over the legalization of homosexuality.Sections 153 and 156 of the country’s penal code outlaw sexual intercourse between…
Staff Writer
19 Feb 2010